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ACC Archived News - February 2013

Malaysia Preparing Well
Youth development has for long been a strong feature of Malaysian cricket, always there or thereabouts when it comes to the business end of a tournament, last year the U-16s won the nation's first ever ACC event. And the Malaysian Cricket Association (MCA) want that tournament success to be the first of many. The fourth U-15 National Junior Circuit is underway, and the best of this year’s batch will feature in Malaysia’s ACC U-16 Elite title defence next year.
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Young Maldives Cricketers In The Swim
A distant atoll of the Maldives is taking to cricket. Two years ago they found themselves with a top-class ground, the Ahmed Ali Didi Stadium built specially for the 2011 SAARC Twenty20 Cup. There hasn’t been much cricket on Fuvahmaluj since but the white elephant is getting a fresh lick of paint with the inaugural interschool cricket tournament organised by the Cricket Board of Maldives.
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Hong Kong Umpires And Scorers Club Together
19 aspiring umpires and eight scorers received some rigorous training in Hong Kong over the Chinese New Year period, with the ACC Umpiring Resource Person Bomi Jamula and and the Association of Cricket Umpires and Scorers (ACU&S) Trainer Ian Thomson directing traffic. Following the Level I Umpires Program, a course for novice scorers was conducted by Hong Kong resident Atif Hussain, a graduate of the Linear Scoring Course conducted in Nepal in September, who also acted as a scorer during the ACC Women’s Twenty20 Asia Cup in China last November.
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Afghanistan's Cricket Diplomacy
A few days after the national team completed a tour of Pakistan, where they took on Pakistan A in three one-day matches and two Twenty20s, Afghanistan’s administrators were in India. During the Final of the Women’s World Cup in Mumbai, the Afghanistan Cricket Board’s Chairman Shahzada Masoud met with BCCI Joint Honorary Secretary Sanjay Jagdale at Brabourne Stadium. Afghanistan’s game development was the main topic of discussion, with the Afghan officials seeking assistance from India.
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Venkatapathi Raju: New ACC Development Officer
The ACC has appointed former India international cricketer Venkatapathi Raju as its new Development Officer. He replaces countryman Venkatesh Prasad in the role. Raju played 28 Tests and 53 ODIs for India in a first-class career that spanned 18 years.
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Malaysia, Nepal And Thailand Prepare For U-19 Elite
Three contenders for the ACC U-19 Elite title in May have been preparing for the event with their own domestic U-19 championships. “Match-play is critical to any team’s chances in what’s going to be a highly competitive event, that and a drilling in high-performance conditions,” says ACC Development Officer Aminul Islam. Just one team from the ACC U-19 will join UAE in the ICC U19 World Cup Qualifier in early 2014 in the Emirates.
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Nepal: Uncommon Grounds
ACC Development Officer Rumesh Ratnayake has been on an inspection tour of the major cricket grounds in Nepal. His immediate mission was to assess the condition of the two grounds to be used for the ACC Twenty20 Cup in March. During his visit he also went to the Cricket Association of Nepal’s “dream project” at Mulpani, and the picturesque Rangashala Ground in Pokhara. “There’s no doubt that Nepal is an amazing place to play cricket,” says the former Sri Lankan international.
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Keep Grass And Carry On
ACC Development Officer Iqbal Sikander has returned from a visit to Qatar to assess their progress now that they have two fully-turfed grounds. The first ground is "a proper cricket stadium with seating for 13,000" says Iqbal, and has been built in the Industrial Area for the Qatar Cricket Association by the Olympic Committee. The other ground, Mesaieed is privately-owned and funded but open to the public too.
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